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Smithsonian examines “lost” founding father in “America’s Hidden Stories”

Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, is preparing a special episode of its history docuseries America’s Hidden Stories about a possible forgotten founding father. In July ...
July 22, 2019

Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, is preparing a special episode of its history docuseries America’s Hidden Stories about a possible forgotten founding father.

In July 1619, Sir George Yeardley presided over the first democratic assembly in English-speaking America in Jamestown, just a few weeks after purchasing some of the very first captive African people brought to America as slaves. America’s Hidden Stories delves into this forgotten history with the help of archaeologists in “Mystery at Jamestown,” unearthing new information about the founding of America, and the darker sides of that past.

“Mystery at Jamestown” is produced by Lisa Quijano Wolfinger, Kirk Wolfinger and Chris Bryson of Lone Wolf Media for Smithsonian Networks. Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

The special episode airs on the eve of the 400th anniversary of the democratic assembly, July 29, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Smithsonian Channel.

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